Prayers for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

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We have come to the place of reckoning.  And what can we say, “Save me from this hour?”
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground a dies…”  You are the promise that more than death comes from breaking open.
Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

Touch the infinite place, deep within, where you have written your Word.  May we kneel and reverence the altar you have placed there.
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.


Opening Prayer/Collect

Voice of Assurance,
We are yours
and You are ours.
Your Words, etched on our hearts,
are untouched by storm or violence.

Speak to us of Passover,
when thresholds are painted with life blood
and we are invited to walk through.
Teach us to have faith in abundance –
through falling, dying, and becoming something new.

We ask this through your Son, Our Passover and Peace,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit
One God, now and forever.


Prayer of Thanksgiving

God be with you!
And also with you!
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up the Lord.
Let us give thanks to our loving God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Indeed, our praise breaks through cracks in the earth,
pushes into air and light,
defies gravity and raises up higher still.
Your people seeking your sacred presence
came to know it in the vessel of their heart.
How could we know that such life could issue
from hearts breaking?
You showed the power of the broken heart
when your Beloved, Christ Jesus,
was lifted by the hands of death.
Upturning all that seemed solid and unchanging,
You spoke of glory in thunder and rain and mud and green.
Loving God,
We give you thanks and praise!

 Lectionary Readings

Please, use or modify these prayers! That’s why they’re here. If you use them in corporate worship settings, though, please give a girl credit and include the address of this blog (©Jessica Gazzola, in your program, bulletin or liturgical text.

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